Take away their mobile phones ; Yousay IN YOUR OPINION... [South Wales Echo (UK)]
(South Wales Echo (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) I WAS interested in, and strongly agree with, Teresa Jamieson's letter in "Stay off your phone when on the road" (You Say, January 2).
I am sure that, like me, many readers see the use of mobile phones while driving happening on many occasions daily, with no thought for anyone's safety - age and station in life being no barrier.
The penalty given to those who are caught may well hurt the pocket a little bit, but is this a strong enough deterrent to prevent the person from continuing to offend Why not instant on- the-spot confiscation of the mobile handset The offender then has the inconvenience of no telephone - which could be as drastic as losing one's credit card/cheque book to many people. Most of these mobile phones are on a contract and the provider would require payment until the contract expired. I know from personal experience it is quite difficult to cancel the mobile contract and can incur an expensive penalty.
Yes, the person could take out another mobile phone but this is more added inconvenience and expense, and probably a new number, as your sim card would be in the confiscated handset. You could lose a lot of important information stored, which might affect your job, as well as your personal life.
I think it is fair to say that many of us rely heavily on our mobile phones and its loss would make life quite difficult.
We see adverts for "all singing, all dancing" mobile phones costing upwards of Pounds 450, and having a monthly line rental of up to Pounds 40.
Maybe the thought of your mobile phone being taken away may help in the fight against illegal mobile phone use while driving.
It is probably naive to think that this would end the problem, but we do need tougher deterrents, and I am sure the boot of the average police car would easily accommodate as many mobile phones as could be confiscated in one shift.
Ken Baxter Pontypridd
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